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    ebook: Samuel Edward Konkin III — An Agorist Primer


    Ideas evolve and grow. At some point, an idea con-
    nects with so many other concepts that it becomes
    central to a way of thinking — an ideology.
    At some state of an ideology’s life, between its
    birth and death, it reaches a level of maturity such
    that someone is motivated to divert his efforts from
    expanding it outward and upward and begins to
    look downward. That is, the theoretician pauses to
    pass on the knowledge to those not specializing in
    theoretical development. Perhaps the theoretician
    is reminded for whom he developed the ideology in
    the first place.

    Agorism is a way of thinking about the world
    around you, a method of understanding why things
    work the way they do, how they do, and how they
    can be dealt with — how you can deal with them.

    Agorism was meant to improve the lot of everyone,
    not a chosen elite or unwashed underclass. Hence an
    introductory work that presents ideas without going
    through the long intellectual history and conflict of
    competing ideas that produced them. As the creator
    of agorism, it is most incumbent on me first to at-
    tempt to reduce it to basic intelligibility. I hope my
    efforts find some small reward.

    Samuel Edward Konkin III
    The agora (Ancient Greek: Ἀγορά, Agorá) was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.[1] The Ancient Agora of Athens was the best-known example, birthplace of democracy.

    Early in Greek history (10th century–8th century BC), free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council. Later,

    the agora also served as a marketplace

    where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods amid colonnades.
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    This deserves a bump!

    For people who wonder the HOW, as in "how do we establish a free society", the answer is definitely agorism.
    "When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight, because once they've got you violent then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is non-violence and humor. "

    ---John Lennon



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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRey View Post
    For people who wonder the HOW, as in "how do we establish a free society", the answer is definitely agorism.
    Indeed. Forming alternative markets and getting back to barter is a good way to stick it to the tyrants at a local level.

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    Nice! Thanks, OP!
    Quote Originally Posted by Torchbearer
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    Time to revive...

    The Counter-Economy is vast. Our brief study of economics tells us that this should be no surprise. The more controls and taxation a State imposes on its people, the more they will evade and defy them. Since the United States is one of the less (officially) controlled countries, and the Counter-Economy here is fairly large, the global Counter-Economy should be expected to be even larger — and it is.
    U.S. government estimates of the size of just the tax-dodging part of the Counter-Economy is twenty to forty million of the population. The Western European Counter-Economy is larger; in Italy, much of the civil service sits in government offices during the early part of the day and then moonlights at private jobs and business in the afternoon and evening.

    Communism collapsed in no small part due to the Counter-Economy. Nearly everything was available in the Counter-Economy with only shoddy goods and shortages in the official social- ist economy. The Soviets called Counter-Economic goods “left-hand” or nalevo and entire manufacturing assembly lines co-existed nalevo with the desultory State industry ones, on the same factory floor. Counter-Economic “capitalists” sold shares in their companies and vacationed in Black Sea resorts. Managers of collective farms who needed a tractor replaced in a hurry look to the Counter-Economy rather than see their kolkhoz collapse awaiting a State tractor delivery. Currently, the Russian government seeks to reestablish State control of the economy by granting monopolies to cronies and imprisoning recalcitrant corporate executives. As with Communism, this flirtation with Fascism is just as doomed to failure.

    Nothing works in “right-hand” communism; everything works in the left-hand free market. From “black” market apartments in the Neth- erlands to “black” housing in Argentina, the Counter-Economy is well known to the people of the world as the place to get things otherwise unobtainable — or keep things one has earned. Inflation breeds flight from fiat money; exchange controls have created dual exchange rates in nearly every country on the globe. Whatever the number of local currency units a tourist can get for his dollars at the official exchange rate, he or she can get more on the black market.

    Smuggling is so commonplace that nearly all tourists slip purchases past customs agents with- out thinking. Perhaps 20%-30% of Americans fail to report taxable income (actually nearly 100% fail to report at least some); but, in Latin American countries, close to 80% goes uncollected and the State supports itself by ever-greater inflation of the fiat money supply.

    The border between Hong Kong and Communist China and even the ocean straits between Taiwan and the mainland bustle with illegal trade. Western DVDs and jeans were once illegally available in most provinces of China — now they’re manufacturing them there!
    Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City, remains the black market center of Vietnam. Even more telling, it produces most of the goods and services of all Vietnam. Myanmar’s (Burma’s) rigidly controlled official economy, according to the Manches- ter Guardian, is nothing but paper and the entire market has gone black.

    Under the noses of American forces, Afghani tribes grow, process, and ship heroin by the metric tonne. Tax evasion, inflation avoidance, smuggling, free production, and illegal distribution still compose only half the Counter-Economy. Labor flows as freely as capital, as hordes of “illegal aliens” pour across borders from more-statist to less-statist economic regions.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    An Agorist Primer

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